Four Proposed Amendments to the Tennessee Constitution Will be on the Nov. 8 Ballot - Thunder Radio (2024)

Tennessee voters can cast a ballot for or against four proposed amendments to the Tennessee constitution on the Nov. 8 State and Federal General Election ballot.

“Tennessee voters need to be aware of the proposed Constitutional amendments on the ballot,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “Voters can view the exact ballot language on our website in order to be prepared to make informed voting decisions.”

On the ballot, voters will see the candidates for governor, followed by the four proposed amendments, the United States House of Representatives and the county’s remaining offices on the general election ballot.

Proposed Constitutional amendments are presented as yes or no questions. A yes vote is a vote to amend the Constitution and adopt the proposed language in the amendment. A no vote is a vote not to amend the Constitution and keep the current language in the Constitution unchanged.

Two things must happen for an amendment to pass and become part of the Constitution. The first is the amendment must get more yes votes than no votes. The second is that the number of yes votes must be a majority of the total votes in the gubernatorial election. This longstanding process Tennessee uses to determine the result for proposed Constitutional amendments was confirmed by a court decision following the 2014 general election.

To determine the number of votes needed to adopt a proposed Constitutional amendment, votes for all candidates for governor are added together and then divided by two. If there are more yes votes than no votes on the proposed amendment and the number of yes votes exceeds 50% +1 of the total votes for governor, the amendment passes and becomes part of the Constitution. The Constitutional amendment fails if the number of yes votes does not meet or exceed the threshold, or if there are more no votes than yes votes.

The four proposed amendments were approved to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot by the 111th and 112th General Assemblies.

The four proposed amendments to the Tennessee Constitution on the Nov. 8 ballot:

  1. -An amendment to Article XI, of the Constitution of Tennessee, relative to the right to work
  2. -An amendment to Article II and Article III of the Constitution of Tennessee, relative to the exercise of the powers and duties of the Governor during disability.
  3. -An amendment to Article I, Section 33 of the Constitution of Tennessee, to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude.
  4. -An amendment to Article IX, of the Constitution of Tennessee, relative to disqualifications.

To see the exact language that will appear on the ballot, which will include a summary of each amendment written by the Tennessee Attorney General’s office, the latest information about the Nov. 8 State and Federal General Election, follow the Secretary of State’s social media channels Twitter:@SecTreHargett, Facebook:Tennessee Secretary of Stateand Instagram:@tnsecofstate.For more information about the proposed Constitutional amendments, call the Division of Elections at 1-877-850-4959.

Unemployment in Tennessee holds steady at 3.3%

Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate remained unchanged for July 2022, according to newly released data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). For the third consecutive month, the rate has held steady at 3.3%.

The state’s July rate is just 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the all-time low unemployment rate of 3.2% which was recorded in both March and April of this year.

Between July 2021 and July 2022, Tennessee employers added 110,000 new nonfarm jobs to their payrolls. The leisure and hospitality sector saw the biggest year-to-year gains. The trade, transportation, and utilities sector and the mining, logging, and construction sector saw the next highest employment increases.

In a month-to-month comparison, there were 12,400 fewer nonfarm jobs across the state in July. The local government sector accounted for the largest number of jobs lost, followed by the durable goods manufacturing sector and the mining and logging sector.

Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted civilian workforce contracted slightly in July, down 0.1% to 3,409,628 people. That 2022 figure still came in 2.3% higher than the number of individuals working across the state during the month last year.

Nationally, seasonally adjusted unemployment dropped slightly between June and July, down 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.5%.

TDLWD has a complete analysis of Tennessee’s July 2022 unemployment data availablehere.

While the state’s unemployment rate remains low, there are still many Tennesseans searching for meaningful employment. Employers have tens of thousands of jobs they need to fill. TDLWD has the resources available to match job seekers with companies that are hiring. The journey to better employment starts

The state of Tennessee will release the July 2022 county unemployment data at 1:30 p.m. CDT on Thursday, August 25, 2022.

Manchester man reported as missing person

Manchester Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a Manchester man who has been reported missing by his family.

According to MPD, Derrick Burgess Odear was last seen by his family on December 27, 2021. His family reports that he walked away from Be the Bush Ministries Treatment Facility on that day. His family believes he could be living in Nashville.

Odear is a white male, age 33, with blue eyes, brownish blonde hair, standing 6’1″ and weighing approximately 150 pounds.

If you have talked to Mr. Odear or know of his whereabouts, please contact MPD investigator Bryan Eldridge at Manchester Police Department: 931-728-2099.

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Shelbyville man charged in drug-related death

A joint investigation by special agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, and the 17thJudicial District Drug Task Force has resulted in the indictment of a Shelbyville man, in connection to the drug-related death of a Bedford County resident.

On February 26th, agents joined deputies in investigating the death of William Hallum (DOB 04/03/2001), who was found deceased after ingesting narcotics. The investigation identified Michael Zambrano as the individual who provided the drugs to the victim.

On August 15th, the Bedford County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Michael Zambrano (DOB 12/21/2000) with one count of Second Degree Murder. Later that same day, Zambrano was taken into custody by an officer with the Shelbyville Police Department. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of substances believed to be cocaine and fentanyl, and was also charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. Zambrano was booked into the Bedford County Jail on a $115,000 bond.

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Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen to swear in new board members at special called meeting Aug. 18

City of Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen have announced a special called meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 to swear in the recently elected aldermen and mayor.

Three new aldermen were elected Aug. 4 – Joey Hobbs and Donny Parsley to 4-year terms and Julie Anderson to a 2-year term. Alderman Mark Messick was re-elected to a 4-year term. Also, Mayor Marilyn Howard ran unopposed and was elected to a 2-year term as city mayor. All will be sworn in on Aug. 18, along with three re-elected city school board members.

The meeting is open to the public at City Hall – 200 W. Fort. St. Manchester. TN. 37355.


Pursuant to a call by Mayor Marilyn Howard, there will be a Special Called Board of
Mayor and Alderman Board Meeting on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. for
the following:

New Business:
a) Newly Elected City of Manchester Board of Mayor and Alderman Oath of
Office Ceremony
 Mayor (2-year term)
 3 Alderman (4-year term)
 1 Alderman (2-year term)
b) Newly Elected City of Manchester School Board Oath of Office Ceremony
 3 School Board (4-year term)


Drowning reported at Tims Ford Lake Monday evening

Story by WCDT Radio

Franklin County first responders from multiple agencies and departments answered the call for help on Monday evening when an as yet unidentified Nashville man went under the water- and did not resurface- after trying to swim across a narrow channel between two near coastlines on Tims Ford Lake.

According to sources, this accidental drowning occurred near a dock in the Highland Ridge Subdivision off of Bell Memorial Drive near Awalt Road and Highway 130.

According to reports, the victim was part of a work crew which was reportedly working in the area. The victim’s fellow workers and a family member attempted rescue, but were unsuccessful.

A Park Ranger from the nearby Tims Ford State Park was among the first rescuers to arrive by boat. This Ranger was soon joined by other first responders, including Franklin County Emergency Management Agency and Rescue Squad Director Scott Smith, who arrived in another boat along with rescue and recovery divers from the Franklin County Rescue Squad.

Those Franklin County Rescue Squad divers did locate and recover the victim, who was reportedly found tangled in some underwater brush at approximately 18 feet deep. Other first responders included Chief Bill Faulkner of the North Franklin County Fire Department, Investigator Chuck Stines and other deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and an Advanced Life Support Ambulance and paramedics and E.M.T.s with A&E Emergency Medical Services.

Manchester library to close Aug. 26 for renovations

The Coffee County Manchester Library will soon close for about two months while it undergoes interior renovations.

The last day for the library to be open will be Friday, Aug. 26. Plans are to re-open on Oct. 24 and celebrate with a grand re-opening fall festival from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 29th.

The renovations will include new carpets, new paint and a “fresh new look”

Library officials prefer all materials be returned by the close of business on Aug. 26, but if someone still has items checked out they will not be considered late and should be returned when they reopen for business.

Westwood donates Lemonade Day money to Elam Foundation

Westwood Elementary School students gathered outside Tuesday morning to present a $4,500 check to the Dusty Elam Foundation.

The funds were raised during Lemonade Day held at the end of last school year through partnership with the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Elam Foundation helps families in need in the Coffee County community.

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Bedford County man accused of child sex abuse

A Bedford County resident is behind bars after an ongoing investigation of child sex abuse.

As a result of investigation conducted by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Department criminal investigation division, Christ Christopher has been charged with two counts of rape of a child.

He is being held in Bedford County Jail on $300,000 bond. No other information was readily available.

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Manchester One Day of Hope to return on Oct. 1

Manchester’s annual One Day of Hope will return to the Coffee County Fairgrounds on Oct. 1. The event was not held the past two years due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The will mark the 9th event – which has regularly assisted upward of 3,000 people.

The event is free for families in need. On hand will be free groceries, hair cuts, clothing, prayer, job and career services, lunches, free family portraits, medical and dental screenings, community services and a kids zone.

The event will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Coffee County Fairgrounds – 99 Lakeview Drive in Manchester and is while supplies last. The event is rain or shine – no smoking and service animals only.

Learn more at or call 931-222-5033.

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